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Weird: WHFS is Back

What? WHFS, the alt-rock station embraced by suburban D.C. youth in the '90s, is back. The Baltimore Sun reports that the station returned to the airwaves at noon today on CBS Radio Baltimore's 97.5 FM and WWMX 106.5 HD2.

In a press release, Bob Philips, CBS Radio Baltimore's Senior Vice President and Market Manager, said "HD Radio Technology allows us to offer additional channels of programming alongside our over the air stations, and through a relationship with the owners of 97.5 we have this unique opportunity to expand the reach of the HFS programming." Interestingly, those owners are Hope Christian Church of Marlton, N.J., which upgraded 97.5 to 250 watts to accommodate the new format.

WHFS, formerly on 99.1 FM until that station transitioned to Latin music in 2005, is now calling itself "Baltimore's rock alternative." Its website promises the same mid-'90s fare that was its bread and butter during uh, the mid '90s:  "We’re playing all your favorite alt-rock tracks by all your fav bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, and a ton more," says a blog post. Some of the old DJs are back—including Gina Crash—as is "Loveline" with hosts Mike Catherwood and Dr. Drew. (They couldn't get Adam Carolla?) Then of course there's HFStival on September 17.

If you'd like to watch an emphatic video on the subject, DCRTV's Dave Hughes laments that the D.C.-bred station won't actually broadcast from D.C.; he also says some folks at Baltimore's big rock station 98Rock "really don't seem to give a rat's ass" about the new competition.

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  • http://gravatar.com/nickp91 nickp91

    WHFS reached an all -time 12+ high as an Alternative station in the spring of 1995 when it jumped to 4.4 in Washington D.C. and 4.9 in Baltimore

  • http://bluesausageinfant.com Old Man Intangible

    I hate to play the GRUMPY GERIATRIC FART card, but WHFS's "all time high" in the '90s was an all-time low for those lucky enough to dig it during earlier generations.

    Sadly, it died a long time before it died. But at its TRUE creative peak, HFS was a god among radio pipsqueaks.

  • Ally Schweitzer

    Old Man Intangible, take a look at most comments on the WCP site and you'll find that "grumpy geriatric fart" voice is not only common here, but standard. (OK, half joke.)

    And yes, the Twitterspeak seems to echo that people want to revive the '70s-'80s HFS, not the HFS that's being resuscitated here.

  • http://bluesausageinfant.com Old Man Intangible

    yeh, i figured there's an army of us farts out there. Didn't want to come off like a typical knee-jerk negative blog-comment bastard (I have a collection of the skulls of these creatures by the front door as a warning to others) ... So going for the positive spin, I prefer to remember a very different WHFS. Ah well.

  • Jon

    +1 Old Man Intangible Fart

  • Will Hardy

    "You're listening to WHFS, 102.3 FM, coming to you from Cordell Avenue in Buh-thesda, Maryland. Weasel here, I'll be with ya until 6 o'clock. Coming up next, the Daily Feed."

  • American Rogue

    Dude! It's about time man!!

  • http://bluesausageinfant.com Old Man Intangible

    Jeezus christ, Will. Not another totally un-slanted opinion from yet ANOTHER editor of the Daily Feed..... Those spots were amazing.

  • TSgtTina

    I'm happy! I've been listening non-stop since Monday: work, car, home. "less music by dead guys"

  • Alex

    DC101 is more "alternative" these days than this version of WHFS.

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